Lines have been painted around cash machines in a north Derbyshire town to give users more privacy and to try to prevent fraud.
They have been painted on the ground around machines in Staveley town centre.
Officers from the Staveley Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team, together with Staveley Town Council, organised for boxes to be drawn on the pavement following a number of suspicious incidents around ATMs over the past few months.
Safer Neighbourhood Team Sergeant Colin McInulty said: “A number of cash machines in Staveley have been targeted in the past with people looking over shoulders to obtain pin numbers, and the purse later stolen while the victim is shopping.
“We really hope that these boxes with help people, especially older or more vulnerable residents, to be aware of anyone who may be stood too closely, and to take more notice of their surroundings while using cash machines.
“I would also advise that people stay alert while shopping, and to make sure they know where their purse is at all times.
“It is easy to become distracted while browsing the shelves in supermarkets and stores, which then makes it easier for someone to steal your belongings, especially if it is left unattended in a trolley.”
There have also been incidents where skimming devices and cameras have also been fitted to cash machines in the area.